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What To Do If You Think You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

April 28, 2020
A woman feeling COVID-19 symptoms at home

What to do if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms?

  1. Stay At Home
  2. Don’t Share Personal Items
  3. Get Enough Rest
  4. Contact A Medical Professional


As of April 2020, there are more than 5,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines. As there is currently no available vaccine, community quarantine and other preventive measures have been implemented to limit the spread of the disease. People of all ages can be infected by the virus. Those who are infected may exhibit a few COVID-19 symptoms while others may be asymptomatic. If you have started to feel ill during this period and think you may have contracted COVID-19, use this guide to help you with the next steps you need to take.


COVID-19 Symptoms

It can truly be frightening to experience the slightest of discomfort in our bodies during this time. If you have been feeling under the weather lately and think that you may have COVID-19, the first thing you need to do is stay calm. As some signs are similar to seasonal cases of flu, check to see if you are experiencing the most common symptoms of the illness found below. Remember that these symptoms can show up 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

Besides this, you should also assess if you are at high-risk for COVID-19. These are the individuals who are most vulnerable to the disease:

  • People 65 years and older
  • People with underlying medical and health conditions
  • Individuals with severe obesity
  • Smokers


Stay At Home

A woman self-isolating in her home

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or are feeling ill in general, we highly advise that you stay at home for the next 14 days. Most people that experience light to mild illness can recover at home without medical care. Avoid all public places and keep a distance from others.

While at home, isolate yourself in a specific space to prevent spreading the virus to your family. If it is essential for you to go out, wear a cloth face covering or a face mask. Ensure that you are staying extra vigilant about personal hygiene during this time. Remember to thoroughly wash and sanitize your hands as well as to avoid touching your face.


Don’t Share Personal Items

A woman cleaning the dishes with gloves on

If you are living with family while on your 14 day isolation period, don’t share personal items such as food, drinks, utensils, towels, bedding, etc. Use your own items to prevent the transmission of bacteria and viruses. Make sure that you wash and disinfect these items thoroughly after using them. Throw away your used tissues in a lined trashcan and sanitize immediately with soap and water or any alcohol-based sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol.


Get Enough Rest

A man waking up after a good night's rest

During your isolation period, it would be best for you to stay calm, rest up, and hydrate. Treat these symptoms like you would a seasonal cold or flu. Get ample rest, consume 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, and don’t skip out on your meals. Ensure that you are getting the right amount of nutrition at this time with fruits, vegetables, and vitamins. For body aches and relief, take over-the-counter medications. Lastly, make sure that someone you know is checking in on you to make sure that you are doing okay.

If you think you’ve already recovered from sickness, you can stop self-isolating only if symptoms have not been appearing for at least a week. And if you aren’t experiencing fever for at least three days without over-the-counter medicine.


When To Contact A Medical Professional

An elderly woman in the hospital

If symptoms persist or worsen, call a trusted medical center such as the Perpetual Help Medical Center-Las Piñas before leaving your home to get help from a professional. This also goes for people with underlying health conditions (especially respiratory conditions). Consider talking to your specialized doctor before making an appointment to address and discuss your situation beforehand.

This virus can lead to severe diseases such as pneumonia, respiratory failure, septic shock, and more life-threatening diseases. If you notice some of the following symptoms or emergency warning signs below, get medical help as soon as possible.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ongoing chest pain or pressure
  • Having trouble getting up
  • Blush lips and face
  • Confusion


Key Takeaway

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in the Philippines and all around the world. No matter what your age and circumstances are, you can still be at risk of getting the virus. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we hope that these tips can help you take care of yourself and recover at home. If symptoms persist, contact a professional medical center such as the Perpetual Help Medical Center-Las Piñas.

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